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GOP lawmakers kickstart new wave of transgender athlete bans

In at least seven states—Arizona, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Virginia—Republican lawmakers have filed legislation that would prohibit transgender girls from participating on sports teams for girls and women in high school and college. ... Read more»

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Guest opinion

What happened in Virginia 4 months after first Thanksgiving better reflects America's origins

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in New England and that story has become an important part of how Americans view the founding of their country - but what happened four months later could be far more reflective of the country’s origins.... Read more»

Hobbs: Arizona parents should be 'partners' in the education system, not adversaries

Katie Hobbs, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in next year’s gubernatorial race, avoided a mistake that contributed to her party’s upset loss in Virginia this week, saying that Arizona parents should have a great deal of input into what their children learn in school.... Read more»

Disinformation may be the new normal, election officials fear

The lies about election fraud, which range from false claims about the winner of the 2020 presidential race to accusations about this month’s California recall process, have state and local election officials worried about the future. ... Read more»

Former Sen. DeConcini: Senate intelligence chairman scandal 'quite disturbing'

Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he is stunned that federal agents seized the cellphone of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as part of an insider trading probe.... Read more»

Gun control group to spend $5M on Arizona races in 2020

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down the ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. ... Read more»

Amid pandemic, gun control advocates celebrate wins on NRA’s home turf

Taking time out from overseeing Virginia’s response to the pandemic, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of bills: requiring universal background checks on firearm purchases, restricting handgun purchases to one a month and allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people who may be a risk to themselves or others.... Read more»

Not so fast using CPAPs in place of ventilators: They could spread coronavirus

CPAP machines used to help people with sleep apnea may make for good complements to much-needed ventilators. Yet they might also spread the virus to others.... Read more»

McSally describes scene of deadly Va. Amtrak crash

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Wednesday's crash of an Amtrak train carrying GOP members of Congress to a retreat was "an awful tragedy for the victims, for the families." One person died and another is fighting for his life after the crash in Virginia.... Read more»

9/11

Former Arizonan and firefighter recalls days at Ground Zero

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, former Arizonan Robert Sebold — a volunteer firefighter and EMT — watched the attacks on the World Trade Center on TV and knew he had to do something. The former soldier packed up his gear, put on his firefighter turnout clothes, then boarded a bus and headed for Ground Zero.... Read more»

Documenting hate

Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles. ... Read more»

Libertarians declare 'mission accomplished' in Virginia — after super PAC help

Two days after Virginia voters narrowly elected Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict declared "mission accomplished."... Read more»

Understanding why Latino voters are key in Virginia

In Virginia and at the national level, the Latino community is shifting the political landscape and holding increasing political influence on the campaign trail.... Read more»

Hacking, theft up with digital medical records

As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials. ... Read more»

Beer, wine wholesalers push for voter ID laws

Beer and wine wholesalers have pumped substantial cash into the campaigns of several American Legislative Exchange Council politicians who have sponsored voter ID bills in their states.... Read more»

Man gets 33 months for illegal re-entry

A 23-year-old Honduran man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegal re-entry of a felon.... Read more»

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